Vatican City / Pope Francis contacted International Space Station (ISS) today to chat with his crew to which he asked about their opinion about man from the Universe or the role of love, as well as said of them that they are an example of collaboration.
Francis contacted the station at 15.00 local time (13.00 GMT) and he spoke for twenty minutes with his six crew, as Benedict XVI did in 2011.
ISS crew is currently composed of U.S. commander Randolph Bresnik; Russian engineers Segey Nikolaevic Ryazanskiy and Alexandr Misurkin, Americans Mark T Vande Hei and Joseph Acab, the latter of Puerto Rican origins, and Italian Paolo Nespoli.
“Good morning or good afternoon, because when you are in space you never know,” Pope greeted the crew.
The first of the six questions that Francis asked was about their vision of humanity from the cosmos: “what is your opinion about man in the universe?” he asked Nespoli.
“Holy Father, that is a complete question.(…) Our goal is to know our being and fill our knowledge, to understand our surroundings. The more we know the more we realize how little we know”, said Italian man.
On this question, Nespoli from European Space Agency (ESA) thought that in the future it would be good that humanist experts, as poets or philosophers, could go to the space.
The pope also raised a question to astronauts about the love: “for you, what does it mean that love moves the Universe?“
Musurkin, orthodox, took the floor. He said that in these days, he is reading The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, he had come to the conclusion that “love is that force that makes you risk your life for another”.
The Pope was also interested in how they collaborate at 400 kilometers of altitude: “Our society is very individualistic and instead in our life collaboration is essential. Can you give me some example in which you help each others?” he said.
American Acaba said the IEE is “a great example of collaboration”, as it involves countries such as the United States, Japan, Canada, Russia and nine European nations.
“These nations work together to get something above them. Diversity has made us stronger. Working together we can do more things than as individuals”, he said.
The pope nodded and assured that his example recalls that “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.”
Nespoli, who acted as translator, closed connection and he thanked the Argentine pontiff for his questions: “I thank you for taking us higher and for getting us out of this mechanical everyday to make us think of something bigger than ourselves,” he said. (October 26, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)
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es posible que el papa Francisco mantenga una conversación con unos astronautas.
el papa Francisco hizo una visita a unos astronautas.
el papa Francisco mantuvo una conversación con unos astronautas.
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planteó preguntas relacionadas con el papel que juega el hombre y el amor en el mundo.
solo se interesó en cómo es la vida cotidiana de los astronautas.
no abordó temas de mayor transcendencia para el ser humano.
No se sabe.
No se sabe.